Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teaching Position

The University of Memphis

Position: The Department of Art invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Photography beginning August 2011.

Qualifications: The Master of Fine Arts is required. Degree must be in hand by August 2011. Candidates must teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in photography and have a technical grounding in the full complement of film and digital photography. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of contemporary art theory and the history of photography with an abiding interest in new technologies. In all of our studio candidates we desire secondary strengths in theory, practice, and the history of visual art, issues of community, gender and race, media literacy, and demonstrable examples of other experiences such as performance, installation, digital, and/or video art. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse student population. Teaching experience at the University level is desired.

Duties: This position normally combines a three courseteaching load per semester along with studio practice and critical seminars to all levels of undergraduate and graduate photography students; assists in the recruitment of photography undergraduate and graduate students; mentors graduate teaching assistants; and serves on departmental and university committees. Excellence in teaching, advising, research, and service is required for promotion and tenure.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Setting: The University of Memphis has an enrollment of over 22,000 that is divided among six colleges. The University is located in the largest urban center in Tennessee and the Mid-South region. The Department of Art is a component of the College of Communication and Fine Arts along with the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, the Art Museum of The University of Memphis, the Center for Multimedia Arts, the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a Tennessee Center of Excellence, and the Departments of Architecture, Theatre & Dance, Communication, and Journalism. The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Art offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in various fine arts concentrations as well as Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Art History. There are approximately 450 art majors taught by 25 full time arts faculty. The Department is also served by 5 professional staff including a full-time photo lab technician. Further information about the Department of Art and The University of Memphis is available on the following websites: www.memphis.edu/art and www.memphis.edu.

Application: Candidates should go to https://workforum.memphis.edu to submit an application. Candidate must upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy and Artist statement. Candidate will also need to provide email addresses for three reference providers. Review of applications will begin on January 24, 2011 and may continue until position is filled.

Support Materials: Candidate should mail a CD with 20 images of his/her work and 20 images of his/her students’ work as support material. The CD should be clearly labeled with all pertinent information including name of artist(s), date of work, media, and dimensions. Please include on the CD the URL for your website, if applicable. Mail to: Earnestine Jenkins, Ph.D, Department of Art, 108 Jones Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3380.

The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University. It is dedicated to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body.

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